North Carolina Tar Heels (4-3)
Howell experienced preseason Heisman odds of around 12-to-1 at lots of stores. By late September, that was 60-1 at Station Casinos sportsbooks in Vegas. Two months ago, that experienced plummeted to 500-1 at the Westgate SuperBook.
That is what transpires when your team loses its opener, wins two, drops a person, wins one, loses, then wins. These past two defeats were defensive letdowns, in which UNC yielded 45 and 35 points, respectively.
So North Carolina has experienced to depend on Howell profitable shootouts, a dangerous way to survive.
His 8.8 yards for each attempt is in the major 30, as are his 1,851 aerial yards. He’s thrown for 18 touchdowns, tied for 11th in the nation. His 61.1 completion share, however, is just a top-75 price.
As an in general assault, Carolina is top-20 with 36.9 normal details, 471 yards for each video game, and .501 factors for every perform. It has a No. 11 3rd-down effectiveness of 48.9% and is 29th with 272 passing yards for each match.
However, Howell, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior from Indian Path, N.C., will retain the Irish guessing with his potential to run. He has scampered 96 instances this period, averaging 5.1 yards, and has scored 5 touchdowns with his ft.
The major ground pressure is 6-foot, 210-pound senior Ty Chandler (5.5-yard common on 106 operates, 7 TDs). Howell’s key target is 5-10, 175-pound rookie Josh Downs (13.9 regular, 60 catches, 8 TDs).
Two other receivers normal 20+ yards for every reception, and so does Chandler. The Chandler-Downs combo is lethal mainly because the two deal with 40 yards in sub-4.5 seconds.
The Heels have a bit of a penalty issue, and Howell has had six passes picked off. That isn’t unusual, as he had seven interceptions each individual of his earlier two seasons.
Notre Dame Battling Irish (6-1)
For a fifth consecutive sport, Notre Dame performs an opponent that had a bye its former week. It only stubbed its toes versus Cincinnati, in a recreation for the ages for the Bearcats’ application.
Even worse, there’s 1 remaining on the docket. At Virginia in two months, the Cavaliers will have been idle the prior weekend. No one else in higher education football performs that many rested foes this year.
The Irish defend approximately 37 passes a activity, and only 15 teams have faced a increased regular. The linebackers and secondary have been pretty active, their opponent this 7 days is rested and Notre Dame will not have a single of its very best defenders.
Quarterback Jack Coan has an ankle tweak, from the Wisconsin video game, and has developed middling stats guiding a banged-up offensive line. The 6-1 freshman Tyler Buchner is a operate-1st possibility behind centre.
Redshirt freshman tailback Kyren Williams (5-9, 195) did produce his initially triple-digit yardage game of the season last 7 days, with 138 in a convincing victory more than USC. He has 501 on the 12 months, for a 4.1-garden average, and six TDs.
Assume a sustained floor video game approach featuring Williams, but how Notre Dame’s secondary performs in opposition to Sam Howell is the crucial to the game.